Guest blog from REPs member and endorsed training provider Lucy McCormick

SUPfit Blog

Throughout school I always loved sports, taking part in a range of sporting events. As soon as I left school I qualified as a fitness instructor, and soon after got involved in watersports.

Being based in the south coast city of Brighton, a love of watersports is inevitable, and I soon qualified as a Windsurfing Instructor in Greece, before heading back to the UK to start work with a company called Lagoon Watersports.

Here I got involved in a relatively new watersports called Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP), an extremely versatile sport, which offers many disciplines such as surfing, racing and touring. With the basics of this sport being relatively easy to learn the sport appeals to people of all ages and abilities.

After becoming a Stand Up Paddle Board Instructor, I saw the health and fitness benefits that could be gained from Stand Up Paddle Boarding, offering a great way to train – being outside, on the water and getting fit at the same time – Perfect!

An idea developed to design fitness sessions using the Stand Up Paddle Board – SUPfit was created!

What is SUPfit?

Basically different exercises are performed on a Stand Up Paddle Board. SUPfit is a world away from your average workout. The SUP is an unstable platform, which acts as a form of balance trainer, increasing the intensity of every exercise; whether it be a hardcore press up or a gentle stretch, the options are endless. Exercises can be designed to meet any goal from improving general fitness to more specific goals such as strength gains. Not only do SUP’s act as a form of balance trainer, the paddle aspect itself is an amazing workout and can be incorporated into classes to add a whole other workout aspect.

For 3 years we have been running extremely successful SUPfit classes down at Lagoon Watersports; in the second year adding SUPyoga, in which clients perform yoga poses on the SUP, which essentially acts as a more wobbly yoga mat. This proved very popular, bringing a new clientele into the centre.

Through the success of the sessions, we needed to train other fitness instructors to teach the SUPfit classes, so we devised an in-house training programme.

Whilst doing so, it confirmed there was a lot to learn, with many considerations to think about and important safety aspects to be aware of, before being able to confidently teach a safe and effective SUPfit class.

Knowing how important it was to train instructors correctly and to ensure high quality classes, I looked into getting the training endorsed by SkillsActive and recognised by REP’s.

So far we have two courses endorsed – SUPfit and SUPyoga, both worth 9 CPD points.

The SUPfit aim is to…take fitness to the water, trying to get as many people as possible getting involved in SUP Fitness.

SUPfit can be done wherever there is water – ocean, lake, river or even swimming pools! Come and get involved!

If you want to take fitness to the water, get in touch:






‘Be Inclusive & Active’, our online disability equality training course ‘turning aspiration into action’


As REPs fitness professionals, it is essential to ensure that you have the latest skills and training to work with disabled people. Through our partnership with Interactive, a charity committed to creating disability equality in sport, we have been able to secure a CPD opportunity for you to ensure that your skills remain relevant, and can service demand.

This online course, which aims to ‘turn aspiration into action’, has been set up to help develop and enhance fitness professionals’ skills and knowledge in this area.

About the course:

  • Explore barriers that disabled people face every day and effectively remove them in order to make services more inclusive
  • Explore the importance of effective and positive communication techniques with disabled people
  • Explore concepts of the Equality Act 2010 and understand what ‘reasonable adjustment’ means
  • Explore the differences between the social and medical models of disability


  • The course is accessed completely online, so participants can undertake it whenever and wherever they choose
  • ‘Be Inclusive and Active’ is accredited and endorsed by SkillsActive and is mapped to National Occupational Standards
  • The course has been developed using expert knowledge from Interactive and other key agencies such as Disability Rights UK , Leonard Cheshire Disability and the English Federation of Disability Sport

Qualification gained

The course is  endorsed by SkillsActive an learners who complete the course receive 2 CPD points for REPs membership. The course is also mapped to the following National Occupational Standards:

  • D468, K2
  •  D24.3, K20
  •  D24.1, K1                                                                                          cpd
  • D24.1, K3
  •  D24.3, K19

£21.00 (per user)

To find out more and to buy, please contact Joanna Kirk on 020 7717 1699 or at

Join us at LIW


There’s still time to book your place to join us at the National REPs convention, which will take place during Leisure Industry Week, on the 25th and 26th September.

The REPs convention is your chance to meet other like minded industry professionals, gain CPD points and enhance your knowledge.

Here’s just a sneaky peak of you can expect!


REPs members can attend this fantastic event at a discounted price:



Click here to see a full list of sessions and guest speakers happening over the two days at the convention.

Coming to LIW Wednesday 25th September?

Why not join us for a complimentary drinks reception with industry leaders from 5pm at the Skills Active stand (H730)?! This is your chance to have an informal chat with endorsed training providers, awarding organisations and operators from the fitness industry whilst enjoying a relaxing end of day drink.

We’d love to see you there!



Fancy yourself as a budding blogger?

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Do you have any news, ideas or tips you’d like to share with the REPs Community? If so, then we would love to hear from you. We’re always open to your suggestions and contributions for our blogs.

This could be about your experience as a fitness professional, or your views on the latest training, industry news and research. Maybe you’d like to share different techniques that you use in sessions with your clients or tell everyone about an event happening in your area. Whatever you fancy really!

With the potential for your blog to be read by over 30,000 fitness professionals we’d love for as many of you as possible to be involved, so even if you already have your own blog then please do get in touch as we’d like to promote (and cross-post from) a wide range of fitness blogs.

If you are interested then please send your ideas and blogs to

REPs member Louise Hazel launches The Podium Effect

Louise Hazel

Fitness professionals come from a range of backgrounds, but REPs member Louise Hazel’s route to becoming a fitness professional is slightly unique in that her journey took her to London 2012, the World Championships in 2011 and a gold medal in Delhi and the Commonwealth Games.

Having qualified as a REPs member in the winter of last year, Louise has been looking into how she can combine her unique, elite level training with fitness and education for the wider public.

Through research, consultation and education, Louise coined The Podium Effect®, a 60-day interactive fitness and health programme

“The Podium Effect® has been designed to be an educational tool as well as a fitness plan. We have worked with specialist nutritionists to make sure it is a holistic programme that can benefit people’s health, fitness and lifestyle.” said Louise.

Louise’s background as a world-class heptathlete has certainly shaped the training, and this is demonstrated from the warm-up and extends right across the programme.

“I wanted to include elements of training from my athletics background in The Podium Effect®. Coming from a multi-discipline event, I required a varied training schedule and I wanted the programme to reflect that.

“The programme is 60 days, the time I normally gave myself to get fit again after an injury. This is enough time to change someone from being inactive and out of shape to become fit and healthy.”

Aware of not being able to directly assist the consumer, Louise has created these videos to feel like one-on-one session, asking questions throughout, taking time to ensure everything is done correctly, and tailoring workouts (where possible) to the demands and requirements of the client. As well as offering expert tutorials on her Youtube channel.

A key aspect of The Podium Effect is the online community Louise is aiming to create and develop across a range of social media channels. The community will also be in with a chance to win a unique personal training session with the Olympian.

“I want people to be able to engage with and learn from each other, to be able to share their concerns, goals and achievements. Whether it’s a client or another REPs member, an online community is really important in this industry.”

It is certainly an exciting time for REPs member, Louise, who, in the same way she did throughout her athletic career, will undoubtedly give her all to this new, exciting project.


Image credit: Louise Hazel, Running Ambassador for The British Heart Foundation, is launching The Podium Effect® on Monday 2nd September

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